Finnair is to use one of its flagship long-haul aircraft on the route between Heathrow and Helsinki.
The airline will introduce one daily flight on an Airbus A350 XWB from March 27, replacing the smaller Airbus A320 that currently operates on the service (flights: AY831 and AY832). Finnair flies from Heathrow to Helsinki up to five times per day.
Andrew Fish, Finnair’s general manager UK & Ireland and Benelux, said: “The change, from a smaller short-haul configured Airbus A320 aircraft, allows the airline to meet the increased demand for passenger and cargo capacity on this busy route.
“The A350 flight from London Heathrow is perfectly timed to offer a short connection via Helsinki airport onto Finnair’s long-haul A350 services to Asia offering customers a seamless product experience.”
Finnair’s Airbus A350 XWB features 297 seats including 46 seats in business class as well as 43 Economy Comfort seats at the front of the economy cabin.
The airline currently flies the Airbus A350 XWB on routes from Helsinki to Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul and Singapore, with Tokyo Narita due to be added from June 4.